CRUZ PEDREGON IN POINTS BATTLE JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2005) -- Former Funny Car champion, Cruz Pedregon, heads to Route 66 Raceway this weekend to compete in the eighth annual NHRA Nationals. The Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car driver holds...
CRUZ PEDREGON IN POINTS BATTLE
JOLIET, Ill. (June 7, 2005) -- Former Funny Car champion, Cruz Pedregon, heads to Route 66 Raceway this weekend to compete in the eighth annual NHRA Nationals. The Advance Auto Parts Nitro Funny Car driver holds fourth place in NHRA Nitro Funny Car points with 539 after the last race in Topeka, Kan.
For the veteran driver, to be in the top five, only comes to mind once the race weekend is over.
"I feel less pressure being in the lead," Pedregon explained. "It is a privilege to be able to race knowing that you are leading. We just want to keep the momentum going and I am confident my team will work hard to keep us up in points. But the points are not a factor at the beginning of a race, all I focus on is to do the best during every run."
Pedregon spent this past Tuesday testing in Joliet.
"We're very satisfied with how the testing went in Joliet this past week," Pedregon said. "The game plan was to get the car to respond to a different clutch set up. We need to increase the percentage of successful runs down the track --particularly during qualifying. Wes Cerny --crew chief- and the rest of the Advance Auto Parts team did a good job setting up the car for three passes and we gained valuable data.
"We like Chicago because it is a fast track. The facility is very nice --looks like a stadium- and the asphalt is in good condition. This time of year the weather is generally cool and we plan on cutting loose and pedal in the gas. I'd like to win and get back in track for the season."
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